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Do we need a large beta test group?


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  1. Griff

    Griff Member This Topic's Starter

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    Would the community benefit from a 'ready to test' group of available G1 beta application testers? I know you can post an app... but having a relatively large group of testers ready to review/feedback might benefit developers.

    The idea is: a central repository lets willing testers join... app developers with beta versions can post for testing... testers download and provide feedback... for their effort they get the app for free once it is commercial.

    Thoughts? Comments?
     

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  2. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

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    I would agree, invite only.

    Anyone else notice how many people have no idea (and apparently have no intention of learning) what a widget is? Every widget app I look at on the market has like every other comment saying "App dont werk, wont launch, fix!!!" and has a one-star rating. Or they say "can't find app except in downloads" and every single one of these is labeled "Widget".

    How many times does someone have to download programs with the word "widget" in it's name, and have it not work the way before googling the word "widget" to find out what it means? /rant.
     
  3. kizer

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    I personally do not rate an app or a widget unless I really understand the app I'm trying to use. As well using it for 5minutes does not count as really doing a review.

    I'll normally install an app try it and then come back to it later. If its not an app I find useful later then I don't keep it installed and well remove it, but I don't rate it lower because its not useful to me. Maybe its not what I need opposed to some others that rate an app low because they have install everything obscession.
     
  4. Griff

    Griff Member This Topic's Starter

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    Swizz - thanks for the constructive response. 'Good in theory' is enough for me for now... In response:

    Developers would benefit from a large pool of willing testers (like 100 to start, then moving towards statistical reliability for projection across installed base)... through a bit of structure they could get useful development feedback (yes bugz, feature suggestions, usability) and also commercial viability (price, terms, value) like a test group and focus group at once.

    WRT logistics - opt-in suggestion is perfect, legalese would simply remove all liability from developer... except must provide 'standard practice' ability to uninstall/remove...

    My problem - how to collect willing testers into single site to start... I have posted in several forums and received many positive responses... but have to respond to each through private messages??? tired all over

    If you or anyone is interested in helping:
    - if willing to test, provide email address
    - refer others to the thread to build interest
    - become 'friend' (in future, group)

    Any further feedback, suggestion, comment... would be appreciated.

    Cheers.

    email griff.blog@gmail.com
     
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    Griff Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks to all of you that responded, offered feedback and especially those that emailed contact information to join. Here is an update, and an appeal for others to join as well.

    The group is growing. Participants have joined the app test group from over ten forums representing four countries, six time zones, ages 14-55 and two devices to-date. All signed on by sending personal message or email to griff.blog@gmail.com. Those that did not send contact (email) information are not included in the testing group yet.

    The appeal seems to be
     
  6. Griff

    Griff Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hey - thanks for the recent responses and emails.

    The group is growing and should be of good value to all.

    I thought I would chime in with request for new participants.

    Just email your contact info to griff.blog@gmail.com

    Cheers,
    Griff
     

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